BAPTISM

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (MT 28:19)

The Sacrament of Baptism is the first of our seven sacraments. It is through Baptism that the stain of original sin, and any other sin, is wiped away and we become new members of the Body of Christ and the Catholic Church. We extend a special welcome to you if you are trying to find out more about Baptism for yourself, or for your child. To learn more about the sacrament of Baptism, enjoy this video from our friends at the Sophia Institute for Teachers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wv5GyWJaQ-Q[a] 

If you are an adult who is seeking more information on how to become a member of the Catholic Church, please refer to The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

Whether your child is a newborn or older, it is our joy to assist you in raising your child in the faith.

Below are some common questions you may have as you begin the process of having your child baptized. If you have any further questions, please contact the parish office by email at [email protected] 

FAQ:

Do I have to be a member of St. Joseph’s Parish to have my baby baptized there?

The celebration of all our sacraments are community events and our community is our parish where we live. If you are a Catholic parent living within the boundaries of St. Joseph’s parish, or living outside the parish boundaries but are registered and supporting the parish, you may have your child baptized here. If you live in another part of the Archdiocese or in another city, but would like to have your child baptized here for special reasons, please email the parish office at  [email protected] 

What if I am a single parent?

If you are not married (single parent), this situation, by itself, is not a sufficient reason to delay the Baptism of your child. Before attending the parent’s class, you will be asked to meet with the priest to discuss your responsibilities to raise your child in the faith as a single parent.

What if we did not marry in the Catholic Church?

If you are living together, or were married in another denomination, or civilly, you will be asked to meet with the priest before a date for Baptism can be set to discuss the sacramental validation of your marriage. Each parent promises to raise the child in the Catholic faith, a faith that they themselves are practising.

Jesus gave us His Sacraments to confer Grace upon us. It is this Grace that strengthens us to live according to His commandments. And this includes all of His sacraments.

We support your decision to commit to each other in a civil marriage and would like to discuss the benefits to you and your relationship of inviting God into your life together by having your marriage “blessed” in the Church. Every situation is a little different, so please discuss this with the priest.